The evolution of the music sector can explain the future of fashion
The way we enjoy our clothes and find new ones is going to change. The fundamentals of this change can be explained by looking at the music sector.
In the old days, we used radiocassettes to listen to music. We did not have an online service that could understand our taste and help us find new music. “Discovery” was limited. Years later, Audioscrobbler was born and built a mechanism for us to express our taste, by tracking the songs we played. These data we started to produce was then matched against online databases of songs that were also being built then. This new data allowed product builders to create new discovery experiences, giving birth to online music as we know it today.
Availability of people’s taste, and classification of content. At Chicisimo, we love how the future looks on top of this new understanding.
We are creating a high-quality, vertical dataset, by digitizing offline data
The data required to understand people is, today, mostly offline. What I have in my closet, what I am wearing now, what my context is. This data is also very disconnected to how fashion describes clothes.
At Chicisimo, our effort consists on digitizing this data, and making it available online.
The Social Fashion Graph
The objective of the Social Fashion Graph is to provide structure to the data generated by people. And the objective of this structured data is to enable automated and personalized services.
The Social Fashion Graph has two fundamental tasks: (i) classify input: it converts any expression of taste into structured data, regardless of how the input was expressed; (ii) capture correlations among data: it captures how needs, outfits and people interrelate.
As a result of the above, the Social Fashion Graph produces clean and correlated data, a well curated and growing clothing dataset that learns from the real world. This structured data is an enabler of services. As of today, we have built a search engine for outfit ideas, recommendation technology and we’ll be able to personalize content based on personal characteristics.
The backbone of the Social Fashion Graph is our ontology of the world’s what-to-wear needs. It summarizes and gives structure to what to wear needs, as expressed by people.
We think the ontology is pretty unique, and here is why: The traditional fashion taxonomies are a list of tags describing garment characteristics. This approach is understandable, because it is looking at clothes through the lense of other products it has worked on before (songs, books, electronics…). These other lines of products had pre-defined databases, obvious matching systems, and a type of metadata much closer to the way people describe those products.
We have learnt that what to wear needs go well beyond garment-related metadata, and of course these needs are expressed in very different ways. In the age of deep learning and substancial algorithmic advances, next generation fashion taxonomies are transparent and capture the world through the eyes of people, not through the eyes of the industry.
This social, bottom-up approach contributes to smarter algorithms. It also expands the discovery experience: it empowers shoppers to look at each other to decide what to wear and what to buy, instead of having to look at the traditional gatekeepers.
“I need ideas to wear this violet sweater to class tomorrow”
Did you know that most people combine violet sweaters with black pants, black boots or black blazers? Also, violet sweaters are more common during fall/winter than during spring/summer. And they tend to be worn during casual settings rather than formal.
Data is cool. But being able to recommend the right outfit for the violet sweater you have in your closet, requires a deeper understanding of what someone likes and needs, and the ability to match input to output. It also requires creating the right environment for people to express their needs, where inspiration and discovery can take place.
The above is specifically what we are building.
Thanks for creating this fashion app, it helps me enjoy my clothes, great outfit planner
I love fashion, and feeling pretty makes me feel stronger. This wardrobe app helps me getting there
I totally love helping other women with my selection of fashion ideas
Creating the interface for people to provide their input
In our opinion, one of the obstacles towards personalization in fashion, is product related. How can we create interfaces for people to provide their input?
This is one of the most important objectives of our mobile app: to build the right interface where people can provide their input, and then receive a relevant output. Interestingly, interfaces are 100% dependant on the technology and data behind the content, and obviously on the ability to truly understand the user problem.
In our case, the interface evolves rapidly together with the possibilities provided by our ontology and Social Fashion Graph. And we build the two by exclusively focusing on the very specific problem that our users need to solve.
If you haven’t, play with our app with this in mind.
Obviously, we love the feedback we receive, and how we are regularly featured by Apple as App of the Day in more than 60 countries, and being Android’s Best App in 2015 and 2016.